CLASS OF '12: First-Generation Grad Plans to Pursue PhD
Published: Friday, May 4, 2012
Updated: Friday, May 4, 2012 14:05
BS, Biology, Animal Physiology and Behavior
How’d you end up at ASU?
ASU provided the opportunity, financial support and location that I desired for my undergraduate career. I always felt it was the “safe” choice, but it has really turned out to be the best choice as corny as that sounds.
First impression after day one:
My first impression was that I was going to need a good bike and a lot of deodorant to make it across ASU’s massive campus in the heat every day.
Favorite college memory:
My favorite college memory is the day I moved into the dorms freshman year. Besides the inherent feeling of independence, I could tell how proud my parents were of me as I was beginning an endeavor neither of them had believed right or possible for themselves.
Most challenging part of the college experience:
The most challenging part of my college experience has been finding my one true passion and making a career out of it. There are a lot of opportunities in science, and it has taken me all four years to narrow them down to the path I am on now.
What got you through it:
My parents have always been my biggest cheerleaders. They have never pressured me, but have always supported me. They assured me time and again that I would become a creative and intelligent contributor to the world despite how awkward and inexperienced I may have been feeling. They were right.
Advice you wish you had as a freshman:
I wish I would have taken the advice I was given many times to relax and enjoy the process.
I will be working as a laboratory technician at ASU this year as I apply to neuroscience and biomedical sciences PhD programs.